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Sridevi funeral LIVE updates: Hundreds of police personnel prepare for actor’s last journey as crowd swells

The mortal remains of Bollywood actor Sridevi, who died on Saturday in Dubai, arrived at Celebration Sports Club in Lokhandwala, Mumbai, where her Bollywood colleagues and fans will pay last respects to the actor from 9.30am to 12.30pm. The last journey will begin at 2pm and Sridevi’s cremation will take place at 3.30pm at Vile Parle Seva Samaj Crematorium. Here are Sridevi funeral live updates:

1.30pm: There seems to be crowd of around 7,000 outside Celebration Sports Club. While, there are quite a lot of fans here some seem to be waiting around even after paying their last respects to catch a glimpse of other Bollywood celebrities. The crowd is getting unmanageable for the police and the security personnel. Police and the traffic crew are asking people to not crowd the gates before the body leaves from the club. Around 500 police personnel have been deployed to manage the crowd.

1.25pm: Filmfare has shared pictures of the truck on which Sridevi’s mortal remains will be transported to the crematorium in Vile Parle.

Legendary actress ’s mortal remains will be taken for the funeral in this ornamented truck.

1.15pm: Mumbai Police tries to control the ever-increasing crowd outside Celebration Sports Club.

12.57pm: Vidya Balan, Fardeen Khan, Vivek and Suresh Oberoi, Chiranjeevi, Venkatesh, Himesh Reshammiya, Malaika Arora, Rajkummar Rao, Patralekha, Ramesh Sippy, Kiran Juneja, Tisca Chopra, Sajid Khan, John Abraham and Sanjay Leela Bhansali arrive to pay respects.

Vidya Balan, Chiranjeevi, Venkatesh and Sanjay Leela Bhansali. (HT Photo)

Vivek and Suresh Oberoi, John Abraham and Malaika Arora. (HT Photos)

Rajkummar Rao, Patralekha, Himesh Reshammiya, Neil Nitin Mukesh and his father Nitin Mukesh. (HT Photos)

12.50pm: Arjun Kapoor spotted inside the Celebration Sports Club with his family members.

Arjun Kapoor at Celebration Sports Club. (HT Photo)

12.33pm: Actors Deepika Padukone, Jackie Shroff, Sophie Chaudhary, Shahid Kapoor and his wife Mira Rajput and directors Rakesh Roshan and David Dhawan arrive to pay respects.

Jackie Shroff, Shahid Kapoor, Mira Rajput, Deepti Naval, Sophie Chaudhary and Rakesh Roshan arrive to pay respects (HT PHoto)

Deepika Padukone arrives to pay respects. (HT Photo)

12.25pm: Actor Rekha and fashion designer Manish Malhotra arrive to pay respects.

Rekha and Manish Malhotra arrive to pay respects. (HT Photo)

12.20pm: According to ANI, Sridevi will be cremated with state honours. The Mumbai Police band has reached Celebrations Sports Club to honour the actor.

Mumbai Police band reaches venue. (ANI)

12.15pm: According to The Indian Express, Sridevi’s body is laid inside a glass casket, adorned with flowers inside the Celebration Sports Club. Fans and Bollywood celebrities are offering prayers and condolences to the grieving family. Husband Boney Kapoor and his daughters Janhvi and Khushi appear ‘visibly shattered.’ Other family members including Boney’s brothers Sanjay and Anil are receiving the guests while his niece Sonam Kapoor and her boyfriend Anand Ahuja are standing beside Sridevi’s body.

12.14pm: Singer Alka Yagnik and Mahima Chaudhary arrive to pay respects.

12.03pm: A man from Kerala, Ashraf “Sherry” Thamarassery, helped bring her mortal remains home…and for 4,700 others. Read full story here.

11.30am: Green Acres Society, where Sridevi used to live with her family, has cancelled their Holi function as a mark of respect towards the actor.

A notice posted by the Green Acres society. (ANI)

11.27am: Fashion designer Masaba Gupta with husband and film producer Madhu Mantena, Bhojpuri actor Ravi Kisan and Bollywood directors Imtiaz Ali and Subhash Ghai arrive to pay respects.

Masaba Gupta, Madhu Mantena, Ravi Kisan, Imtiaz Ali and Subhash Ghai arrive to pay respects. (HT PHotos)

11.10am: Actors Jacqueline Fernandez, Kajol, Ajay Devgn, Jaya Bachchan, Madhuri Dixit and her husband Dr Sriram Nene arrive to pay respects.

Tanisha Mukerjee and her mother Tanuja arrive to pay respects.

Kajol and Ajay Devgn arrive to pay respects.

11.02am: Television actors Karishma Tanna and Rakhi Sawant arrive to pay respects.

Hema Malini, Esha Deol, Karishma Tanna and Rakhi Sawant arrive to pay respects. (HT Photos)

10.45am: Sushmita Sen arrives to pay respects.

Sushmita Sen arrives to pay respects. (HT Photo)

10.38am: Aishwarya Rai, Tabu, Manish Paul and Satish Kaushik arrive at Celebration Sports Club to pay last tributes.

Aishwaraya Rai, Shweta Nanda and Jaya Bachchan at the funeral. (HT Photos)

Tabu arrives to pay respects. (HT Photos)

Satish Kaushik arrives to pay respects.

10.18 am: Family members of Sridevi have started arriving at the venue. After Sanjay Kapoor, Sonam Kapoor reached the prayer hall with Anand Ahuja, as did Sonam’s sister Rhea and brother Harshvardhan Kapoor. Farah Khan also reached Celebration Club to pay last tributes to Sridevi. Hema Malni also reached the venue with daughter Esha Deol.

10.06am: Bollywood actors have started arriving to pay condolences to Sridevi’s family. Akshaye Khanna, who worked with Sridevi in her last Bollywood release Mom, reached the venue where he was seen with Sanjay Kapoor before proceeding to where the actor’s body has been kept.

Akshaye Khanna reaches to pay last respects to Mom co-star Sridevi. (HT Photos)

9.58 am: Not just celebs and film personalities, the grieving fans of Sridevi who have lined up at Celebration Sports Club since morning are paying their last respects to the departed star. They have come with banners and flowers and are standing in long queues to have one last look at the Bollywood star. Sridevi ruled the industry in 80s and 90s and her return to the screen with English Vinglish and Mom was highly appreciated.

A fan of Sridevi waits to offer his condolences outside a makeshift memorial in Mumbai. (REUTERS)

9.44am: Actor Annu Kapoor has criticised the insensitive media coverage on Sridevi’s death in an interview to ANI at Celebration Sports Club. “It’s media job to ask questions, it’s people’s call if they want to throw it in the dustbin or not. At this moment, family is in a lot of pain. Daughters have lost their mother at such a young age. We should pray for them,” he said. Annu plays Sridevi’s boss in Mr India.

9.30am: Actor and India’s representative at Miss Universe 2015 pageant, Urvashi Rautela arrives to pay final respects to Sridevi.

Urvashi Rautela at Celebration Sports Club. (HT Photo)

9.20am: Arbaaz Khan arrives at Celebration Sports Club to pay final respects to Sridevi.

Arbaaz Khan arrives to pay final respects to Sridevi. (HT Photo/Shashi Kashyap)

9.15am: T-Series’ Priya Gupta shared a prayer meet invitation on Twitter. “If you want to pay your condolences to your favourite #Srideviji.”

9.13am: Sridevi’s last remains have been brought to the Celebration Sports Club where fans and Bollywood celebs will pay their final respects to the star.

9.00am: Sridevi’s brother-in-law Sanjay Kapoor arrives at Celebration Sports Club.

Sanjay Kapoor arrive at Celebration Sports Club. (HT Photo)

8.56am: Ritiesh Deshmukh has called the media coverage on Sridevi’s death a ‘bl**dy circus’ in a tweet. “It’s a bloody circus. Some of the TV channels have dug new lows for themselves. Let’s give #Sridevi Ji & her family the dignity & respect they deserve,” he wrote.

8.00am: Security personnel and Mumbai police can be seen outside the Celebration Sports Club in Lokhandwala, Mumbai where fans, Bollywood celebs and media persons will pay final respects to the actor.

Police personnel and father gather outside Celebration Sports Club in Lokhandwala. (HT Photo)

12.00am: Salman Khan arrives at Sridevi’s residence.

Feb 27, 11:35pm: As per a statement released by the Kapoor family, Sridevi’s body will be kept at the Celebration Sports Club, Garden No 5, Lokhandwala Complex in Mumbai from 9:30am to 12:30pm for the friends and family to pay their last respect to her. Her funeral will take place at 3:30pm.

Feb 27, 10:37pm: The vehicle carrying Sridevi’s body reaches her Lokhandwala house. Her funeral will take place at Vile Parle crematorium tomorrow at 3:30pm.

Sridevi’s body was taken to her residence in Green Acres, Lokhandwala, from the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in a convoy after reaching Mumbai. Tight security arrangements were in place both on the way and outside the house, as a large number of fans had gathered to get a glimpse of their beloved actress.

Dubai Police announced on Tuesday that Sridevi died of drowning in the bathtub of her hotel bathroom. Dubai Public Prosecutor’s Office made the announcement, adding that the “case was now closed”.

 

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